There was a time when film critics were like Gods. Whether a film sank or sailed was largely determined by big named film critics. The only information that people had about a film came from previews, film critics and word of mouth. I can think of countless times in which film critics praised films that were terrible. I often thought that their license to be film critics should have been revoked. I knew that some of them had to be getting money under the table for supporting such bad films. In additional, there were many films that the critics didn't like that were actually very good. Furthermore, the opinions of film critics often varied as much as ordinary movie goers. Unfortunately, there were few other sources to turn to and word of mouth was not that efficient except for blockbusters that everyone was talking about.
The Internet has changed all of that. Now there are many movie sites that have a page for user reviews that enable movie goers to quickly find out how their peers feel about a film. I almost never seek out the opinion of professional film critics anymore because I find the user reviews to be a more reliable gauge, very honest and far less pompous in their language. If most of the user reviews are favorable, the film is usually pretty good.
This has caused me to wonder if professional film critics will go the way of the dinosaurs. Does anyone really care anymore what professional film critics think? Most film critics didn't like The Da Vinci Code nor the X-Men, yet both films did well at the box offices. Which is more important these days - film critics or user reviews?